Everything you need to know about the Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque is finally here. One of the most exciting new cars to go on sale in 2011 has attracted a huge amount of interest for the stylish ‘baby Range Rover’.
There has been plenty of news about the Evoque since it was revealed in a glitzy ceremony in 2010 and the subsequent introduction of a five-door version to complement the coupe-like three-door model first revealed.
With the first models arriving in Perrys dealerships, we’ve put together five facts about the Range Rover Evoque to give a complete guide to the exciting new SUV.
1) What is the Range Rover Evoque?
Range Rover is the luxury arm of Land Rover and has become famous for large, practical SUVs with an emphasis on extreme luxury and high amounts of equipment as standard.
The largest model in the line up is the Range Rover, the epitome of British 4×4 excellence. The first of the Range Rover brand to be launched, the Range Rover is largest, most luxurious and the most famous luxury SUV in the UK.
It was soon joined by the Range Rover Sport, a more stylised version designed to appeal less to off-road workers and more to city-based fans of luxury SUVs.
Now the Range Rover Evoque has gone the whole way, offering a compact, stylish alternative to smaller SUVs with the typical Range Rover fit and finish.
2) What are Range Rover Evoque body styles?
The Range Rover Evoque comes in two different body styles. The first, a three-door version, is called a coupe by Land Rover because of its low, sloping roofline that dips towards the rear end to give the car a sleek silhouette.
The second was announced after launch and adds two more doors. The five-door version is slightly redesigned because Land Rover had to make space for the extra doors.
The result is a more upright stance at the rear of the car, where the roof has been raised to accommodate the doors and ensure there is enough headroom for passengers.
However, both models are typical SUVs in that they boast the raised ground clearance synonymous with the name. They also include the famous Range Rover driving position, which puts the driver high up in a commanding position compared to the road.
3) What are the Range Rover Evoque specifications?
The Range Rover Evoque differs from other cars in that Land Rover has dispensed with the usual ‘trim levels’ or ‘specifications’. Typically, trim levels are ordered from entry-level to range-topping, with less equipped specifications costing less than the equipment-packed top level models.
Instead, Land Rover has included three distinct design ‘themes’ in the Range Rover Evoque.
Range Rover Evoque Pure
The first, Pure, is essentially the entry-level model. Land Rover describes it as clean, neutral and simple. However, it does not mean basic because the Range Rover Evoque Pure comes with 18″ alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and Xenon headlamps.
Inside, expect brushed aluminium highlights and a selection of three leather upholstery options. The front seats are also heated and the steering wheel is leather-wrapped.
Standard equipment in the Pure model includes automatic climate control, push button start and an eight-inch touch screen for the digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity, MP3 player connectivity and USB port.
Range Rover Evoque Prestige
Moving up the Range Rover Evoque range, the Prestige trim level is designed to be the most luxurious available. Available in two- and four-wheel drive, the Range Rover Evoque Prestige includes all the bells and whistles you would associate with a luxury SUV.
The Prestige model adds extra parking aids at the front and a handy camera at the back beaming images to the screen.
There are larger alloy wheels, infrared reflecting glass and an almost endless list of other inclusions both inside and out.
There is even the option of wood finishes inside to go with the leather upholstery, and equipment is bolstered by a satellite navigation and 380 watt Meridian Sound System.
Range Rover Evoque Dynamic
The Range Rover Evoque Dynamic is at the top of the range, but unlike most range-toppers it does not just throw more equipment over the Range Rover Evoque Prestige model.
Instead, it looks to create a sportier, more aggressive approach with slightly restyled body work and the option of specifying another colour for the roof. New 20″ alloy wheels are the largest available in the range.
Inside, sports seats and new upholstery options have been added to the specification and as expected, a huge range of information is available.
4) What are the Range Rover Evoque engine options?
Perhaps the biggest news with the Range Rover Evoque is how green the car is. It is completely different to the outdated belief of Land Rover cars being gas-guzzlers and even includes a two-wheel drive option for the first time.
The Range Rover Evoque’s entry-level engine is indeed a two-wheel drive setup. A 150bhp 2.2-litre diesel matched to a six-speed transmission will be added to the range early in 2012 but a four-wheel drive version using the same engine will be offered from launch.
With this engine, the two-wheel drive version will offer sub-130g/km of CO2 emissions – a record for a Land Rover.
A 2.2-litre version developing 190bhp will also be available in both manual and automatic versions from launch with all three specification levels.
Finally, Dynamic models are available with the only petrol engine available in the range, a 2.0-litre engine developing 240bhp and matched to a six-speed manual transmission.
5) Range Rover Evoque price list
The Range Rover Evoque has caught the headlines for a reason other than its green credentials. It is also the lowest priced Range Rover available with models starting from £28,000.
This should make it more accessible for buyers and introduce a new customer to the brand.